With Trust, Sinister Street have given France's Musea Records one of the label's most accessible and appealing albums in a long time. The Dutch group, formed way back in 1987 as a cover band performing songs by the likes of Peter Gabriel, Saga, Genesis, Marillion and IQ, plays with a confidence and vigor normally reserved for artists whose albums are issued by the likes of InsideOut Music and Magna Carta.
Singer Olaf Blaauw's voice possesses a magnetic command of this material, which is dramatically influenced by Sinister Street's early roots. With most of the 10 songs here running past the five-minute mark, these six players have plenty of time and room to move. A savvy rhythm section and strategic keyboards add to the music's dimensions. "Song For A Day" kicks off the record in epic style, with majestic instrumentation and multiple passages. Other tracks, such as "Lost for Words" and "Turning Tide," slow the album's pace a bit, but that's not such a bad thing.
These songs are solidly constructed and tightly performed. More rock than metal, more accessible than typical prog, and more meat than filler, Trust is an album that lives up to its title.